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James D. Newell | Obituaries

James D. Newell, 60, died Thursday, October 13, 2022 at his home.

Born October 14, 1961, James, or better known as Jim, lived in South Haven with his parents Ted and Lena (Cisco) Newell. He was one of five children: Randy Newell, Marilyn Gryzb, Ted Dewayne Newell, Renee Polejewski and Jim. He graduated from LC Mohr High School in South Haven.

At the age of 29, Jim became a father to his only daughter, Brittany (Newell) Jordan. He had many hobbies. These included sports, landscaping, exercise and spending time with his family. He participated in golf, basketball, racquetball, bowling and slow softball. He also enjoyed coaching Brittany’s soccer and softball teams. Jim dedicated his professional years to Chemical Bank, working there for over 30 years as a computer analyst.

The next chapter in Jim’s life began with the birth of his first granddaughter, Hailey Faye. The bond these two shared from day one was indescribable. Shortly after, Evelynn Grace stole what was left of her heart! Jim loved his precious granddaughters more than anything else.

However, he still had room in his heart for another woman. Janna Lynn (Wilson) Newell and Jim were married on December 19, 2021. They were married at Lakeshore Church of Christ in South Haven. This is where Jim found Jesus. Jim spent the rest of his days creating wonderful memories with his loving new wife, granddaughters, daughter and all of his family, and bringing honor and glory to his Lord.

Jim is survived by his wife, Janna; daughter, Brittany (Neil) Jordan of Russellville, Ark; two grandchildren, Hailey Faye Jordan and Evelynn Grace Jordan and siblings, Randy (Sharon) Newell of Gassville, Ark., Marilyn Gryzb of Mountain Home, Ark., Ted Dwayne (Irene) Newell of Ellerbe, NC and Renee Polejewski of Mountain Home, Ark. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

James is predeceased by his parents.

Visitation was from 10-11 a.m., Saturday, October 22, 2022 at Lakeshore Church of Christ, 19979, M-140 Hwy., South Haven. The funeral followed at 11 a.m. with Holger Neubauer officiating. Friends wishing to send flowers can do so through the Rose Shop: 08947 M-140 Hwy. in South Harbor. Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so at Centrica Care Hospice, 7100 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49009 or Lakeshore Church of Christ, 19979 M-140 Hwy., South Haven, MI 49090.

To view Jim’s personal webpage, please visit www.starksfamilyfh.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Filbrandt Chapel of Starks Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, 269-637-0333.